At Teen Writers and Artists Project, we are PASSIONATE about our programming. West Suburban Wordplays are our main recurring event. Additionally, we host "Slammin the Sun Down," the far west suburban regional poetry slam for Louder than A Bomb, poetry and arts events, and fundraisers for the organization. We welcome all ages at most of our events, even encourage attendance of all ages, despite our main target being teens. Learn more about each program below!  

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Wordplay originated in Chicago. 


"WordPlay is Chicago’s longest running youth workshop and open mic. Workshop begins at 6:00 PM and is led by one of YCA’s six corp teaching artists. The open mic averages over 80 participants and is open to the general public. Participants have the opportunity to perform pieces in progress or finished work in front of a supportive audience. Programming concludes with a feature from a special guest artist."

                                     -Taken from Young Chicago Authors website. 


West Suburban Wordplays are hosted by Writer in Residence, Adam Gottlieb, Director of In-House Productions, Corey Dillard, or a member of our Teaching Artist Cohort. The event includes a writing workshop from one of our own teaching artists, an open mic (open to any and all participants), all followed by a special feature. This follows the Wordplay format very closely, but is more conveniently located for teens in the greater Chicagoland area. 


We try to rotate the physical locations where we host our Wordplays, including but not limited to: Naperville Public Library, Imago Creative Studios, Mooseheart Child School and City, Marquee Youth Stage, Culture Stock, Water Street Studios, and Daily Projects.  If you are interested in hosting a wordplay at your school, library, or for your community organization, please contact us for more information.